Watch this video of a Florida man who walks into a school board meeting and talks to –then shoots at– school board members.
I’ve linked to the full version, I chose this one because I want people to see and hear what his comments are before the shooting. And I want people to hear the responses of the school board members as they are held at gun point.
This is NOT, I repeat, NOT how I think that desperate unemployed people should confront the people who they think are responsible for their current situation.
When I read about someone talking about getting out the pitchforks and torches or guillotines I want them to pause a bit and consider how real violence would be carried out in modern America. This is what it would look like. And the response to threats of violence will be just like at the end of this video, only more graphic.
I’ve been reading the comments on the video at various sources and they range from comments about the school board’s members calm response to the shooter to supporters for a “2nd Amendment solution”.
You may want to read this story in the New York Times that provides some background and links to the man’s Facebook page where he posted this entry:
My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…
The media will focus on the individual story then move to the next celebrity news tidbit. Like a shark they consume visuals and keep moving looking for the next striking bit of “news”. What I would like to discuss is what economic despair can lead to and what we can do to and to alleviate it.
I would also like to discuss other non-violent methods we can take to hold people accountable for their actions that lead to economic despair.